SUPPORTING THE ARTS WITH UNRESTRICTED FUNDS AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING
Piloted in New York City in 2011 – then called the Arts Advancement Initiative – and launched nationally in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in 2015, this invitation-only grant program provides multi-year, unrestricted general operating support to small and midsize organizations in a wide range of disciplines, including theater, visual arts, music, film, literature, and dance. In addition, grantees participate in robust management training, developed by leading experts, focusing on strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, board engagement, and digital. In May 2018, AIM launched in seven more cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C.
In October 2020, the initiative expanded to Puerto Rico in partnership with the Flamboyan Arts Fund. Building on the Flamboyan Arts Fund’s investment of $15M, AIM Puerto Rico pairs national arts experts with local leaders to provide 10 organizations with arts management training and tailored consulting services in areas that include fundraising, strategic planning, and digital marketing. The bilingual program in Puerto Rico also provides specialized training in resilience to help organizations better respond to natural disasters.